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Replica Weapon Warehouse For The Cosplay Warrior

Though the endless rows of swords along the walls might make you think the owners here are preparing for the next samurai revolution, make no mistake – this fake weapon store is for real. Hidden...

All you love about Japan, in a capsule

Gachapon Kaikan: the mecca of miniature toy capsules Perhaps local students lining up outside a store filled with toy vending machines might not warrant a second glance. But when you meet a tourist who crossed...

Hidden gems of Sugamo, the ‘Harajuku for obasans’

This street could hold the secret to Japanese ‘obasans’’ longevity

Strolling the Shotengai: Musashi-Koyama Palm

Tokyo's Longest Covered Shopping Arcade If you've done any traveling throughout Japan, you've probably come across the close cousin of the traditional shotengai shopping street: the covered shotengai, also known in Japan as the arcade. After...

Combini Checkout: A beginner’s guide to Onigiri

Whether it be for a outdoor picnic or a quick lunch break at your office desk, the Japanese rice ball, onigiri or omusubi is filling, convenient, and can pack a whole lot of flavor....

Editor’s Pick: Top Three “Little Edo” Streets

For a feel of what it was like to live during the Edo era, one can head to an Edo themepark, but why pay an entrance fee when you can still walk along streets...

Let’s Talk Subculture Vol. 6: OJAGA DESIGN

  Explore the fascinating world of Japan’s subcultures with insights from the inside Japanese craftsmanship spirit meets Pikachu Already as a child, the founder of OJAGA DESIGN, Sei Ogawa, or Ojaga, the nickname he is known by,...

Training Through Tohoku (4): Traditional Crafts

The Tohoku Traditional Crafts List A cute hand-carved figurine or hand-stitched gift makes for a great keepsake in your living room display case or for daily use, and there's no lack of such creative crafts...

Tokyo Must Do with Japan Tour Guide

Get a taste of "real" Japan with sights recommended by Japan Tour Guide, a group in Japan that matches visitors with volunteer guides. (http://tourguide.jp/) Today's Guide: Tomonari Watanabe Tomonari is a student from the Tokyo University...

Funny Vending Machine in Shibuya

The vending machines in Shibuya are going bananas! You can check out this Dole vending machine on the basement 2nd floor of the Mizuho Bank building, right near the Scramble Crossing. https://www.dole.co.jp/special/vending/ [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d1620.8486054772266!2d139.69851975811164!3d35.659830995049795!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60188ca824d9f473%3A0xe1806d6ca2cc8!2sMizuho+Bank+Shibuya+Central+Branch!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1453949250206&w=389&h=292]